This month it’s all about Mom and celebrating the beginning of summer. If you’re looking for fun family friendly events in the Twin Cities this May then you’ll want to be sure to check out the list of things to do below. There’s still time to plan a perfect Mother’s Day or a picnic in one of our many parks for Memorial Day. Summer is short in these parts, so get out and enjoy it.
Events in the Twin Cities this May
Festival of Nations
When: May 2nd– 5th, 2019
Where: St. Paul River Centre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN
For 86 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.
Cinco de Mayo
When: May 4th, 2019
Where: Cesar Chaves Street in St. Paul
Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul Presented by T-Mobile celebrates the West Side community’s Mexican heritage and the traditional annual celebration of Mexico over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Join us on Cesar Chavez street in Saint Paul for a day filled with cultural entertainment, excitement and exploring all the West Side has to offer!
The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre May Day Parade
When: May 5th, 2019
Where: Starts at Bloomington Avenue South and 25thStreet
Every spring, the MayDay Parade explodes onto Bloomington Avenue! We own the street for the day, dancing and playing instruments with fiery verve. We tell our story, section by section, each designed musically and visually by MayDay staff artists as a walking theatrical performance. The Join In Section follows, where community groups proclaim their names and causes. All together, 2000 participants march, boogie or roll down Bloomington every year!
Meanwhile, tens of thousands more line the streets, enjoying the spectacle and each other. People are everywhere – on rooftops and on lawns, toting babies in backpacks and toddlers in wagons, or sitting knee to knee along on the curbs. Everybody greets neighbors from near and far with a “Happy MayDay!!” The city feels intimate, overflowing with goodwill and spring fever.
Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival
When: May 10th – 12th, 2019
Where: Washington County Fairgrounds
Washington Co Road 15 & Highway 5
Lake Elmo, MN
The fairgrounds are filled with music, food, artisans and animals. Events include Minnesota’s largest fleece competition, sheep shearing, fleece skirting demos, book-signings and more. Families always enjoy the sheep and goats in the barn and this year there will be a new Farm Work Stock Dog Trial! There’s a lot of room to picnic–weather permitting! Bring your spinning wheel, your friends, and spin the day away.
Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour
When: May 11th, 2019
Where: Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel
11 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN
Do you love fine chocolates?! Come join us on the Twin Cities’ only Mother’s Day chocolate tour! You will enjoy the best chocolate delicacies the Twin Cities has to offer, all while being chauffeured around in a warm and cozy coach bus.
The tour will be filled with sweets from local chocolatiers, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also learn the history behind chocolate, process and production, how to taste, and you’ll sample the newest craze – the cacao nib.
Movies Under the Dome – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
When: May 16th, 2019
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2ndAvenue South
You’re invited to attend the Minneapolis Convention Center’s first ever Movies Under The Domes! Powered by Pepsi, these movies are open to the public for FREE admission. Snacks & beverages available for purchase prior to each showing. Please register with Eventbrite to secure your seat at the Convention Center (no assigned seating, however, seats are limited). The first 100 people through the doors will receive a FREE 2-pack set of Pepsi stainless steel straws.
Lake Street Saturdays: Extreme Noise Records
When: May 25th, 2019
Where: Gorditas El Gordo
919 East Lake Street
Tacos, music, ice cream, books and more! Lake Street is pretty much the best street in #Mpls. Let’s support our #smallbusinesses and #shoplocal together. Join us on the last Saturday of every month from January through May as we host a series of pop-ups at some of our favorite Lake Street businesses.
This month stop by Extreme Noise from 2-6pm on Saturday May 25 to embrace your inner punk rock self, win prizes, and get fun #VisitLakeStreet swag.
Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling
When: May 25th, 2019
Where: Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN
On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with interpreters, and engage with the many stories that make up the site’s history.
Learn about Native American history and the fort’s role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, like the 25th Infantry Buffalo soldiers in the 1880s and Dred and Harriet Scott, whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War.
Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the “History Hunt” and earn a small prize.
Edina Art Fair
When: May 31st, 2019
Where: 50thand France Avenue
The 53rd Annual Edina Art Fair is from May 31 – June 2, 2019. The Edina Art Fair has grown to 250,000-300,000 visitors throughout the 3-day weekend, while displaying 280 artists diverse collection of art, entertainment, kids zone, craft beer gardens, gourmet food and more.
The Edina Art Fair is the first art fair of the summer and is rated one of the top 50 art festivals in the nation. The fair is held annually in the streets of 50th & France. 50th & France is the pre-eminent shopping destination in the Twin Cities; known for its luxury and lifestyle boutiques!
This unique neighborhood has a reputation for bringing a lifestyle that caters to distinction – a distinction its members take pride in.